How To Use A Clay Bar?

What does a clay bar do?

Automotive Clay Bar is an engineered resin mixture that auto detailers use to remove contaminants and pollutants from the surface of your car’s paint, glass, fiberglass, and metal.

Detailing clay can be natural or synthetic.

Can I use soapy water with a clay bar?

There is no need to re-wash the paint to remove residue. Now with the above said, some people do use the soapy wash water to clay. If one does, you need to make sure the water solution is not drying too fast creating water spots. Also the clay must not touch any dirt in the wash bucket or marring will occur.

Is Clay Bar good for your car?

You can clay bar your car as often as you wish or simply prior to waxing or polishing your vehicle. Claying is less abrasive than polishing or buffing the surface. Claying actually pulls out foreign particles and contaminants that have embedded themselves in the paint.

Can a clay bar remove scratches?

A Clay Bar won’t remove scratches and swirl marks because they are defects in the surface of the paint. To remove these defects you must, instead, use an abrasive polish.

Does Clay Bar damage clear coat?

Clay bars are not supposed to damage the paint or clear coat finish, the particles that are being removed by the clay bar might remove some of the clear coat (see image below for example) the the damage these particles can do over time is worse than the clear coat being removed – and this valleys will be filled in with

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Can you clay bar headlights?

Automotive detailing clay isn’t just for paint! You can use detailing clay on any smooth, hard surface, including glass and chrome. But never use clay on clear plastic, such as headlight lenses.

Can I use water as lubricant for clay bar?

Re: Using Clay Bar with water

Meguiars tends to say it is best to have some sort of lubrication, as in a soap or detailer spray, not just water alone. The idea being, if you picked up any sharp, or large bits on the clay, the water wouldnt provide enough lubrication, an you could put swirls in your paint.

Should I wash my car after clay bar?

When you’re finished claying your car, you may need to wash it to remove any lubricant film. If you plan to use a pre-wax cleaner polish, it will remove clay residue so there’s no need to wash. Last but not least, after using clay, seal your freshly cleaned paint with your choice of wax or sealant.

What can I use as lubricant for clay bar?

Dish soap and water 50/50 mix, makes a good lubricant . However, I buy last touch by Meguiars in the gallon and dillute with water and still leaves a slick surface to clay

How often should I clay bar my car?

The good news is that you can easily determine for yourself when you need to clay. Simply feel your paint after each wash. If it feels rough or bumpy, it is time to clay! As a general guideline, claying 3-4 times a year will keep your car’s paint clean and smooth.

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Can you use clay bar on glass?

Glass does not need a special clay bar, and most clay bars are safe for glass. They may leave marring on the glass and need to be polished afterwards. With any clay bar, make sure to use the proper clay lubricant. Soaps and water-less washes can often breakdown the clay bars, causing them to crumble and fall apart.

Why do you clay bar a car?

Automotive Clay Bar is an engineered resin mixture that auto detailers use to remove contaminants and pollutants from the surface of your car’s paint, glass, fiberglass, and metal. This is perfect for using on cars we need to roll, flatten and pull the clay bar for different sections of the vehicle.